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– Chuck Schumer sent newsrooms a gem this Memorial Day. He is warning the public about the dangers of cleaning your grill with metal brushes. This is the beginning of the press release:

SCHUMER: CLEANING YOUR BARBECUE GRILL WITH A METAL BRUSH THIS SUMMER COULD HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH CONSEQUENCES; CALLS FOR SAFETY REVIEW TO DETERMINE WHETHER METAL BRISTLE GRILL BRUSHES ARE SAFE FOR CONSUMER USE 

Metal Bristles from Grill-Cleaning Brushes Can Break Off, Become Imbedded in Food and Then Accidentally Eaten; Two Men Recently Had Emergency Surgery After Ingesting Metal Bristles, and Many More Cases Have Been Reported Across the Country

Schumer, Joined by Consumers Union, Calls on Consumer Product Safety Commission and FDA to Launch Safety Review Into Whether Metal Bristle Grill Brushes Are Safe and to Warn Consumers About Dangers of Metal Bristle Grill Brushes This Summer

Schumer: Metal Bristles Are One Topping No One Wants on Their Burger This Barbecue Season

 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today, joined by Chuck Bell, Programs Director at Consumers Union, called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether metal bristle grill brushes are safe for consumer use after Consumer Reports publicized reports of two serious injuries involving the brushes in the last week alone. Two men from New Jersey and Washington State were recently hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery after accidentally swallowing a metal bristle that had broken off their grill brushes and become attached to their food. According to reports, nearly a dozen people across the country have reported similar accidents to the CPSC over the last three years, and according to a study published by the American Journal of Roentgenology, six patients in Rhode Island alone, over an 18-month period, accidentally swallowed wire grill brush bristles. Schumer today called on the CPSC and the FDA to launch a review of whether the bristles are safe and also issue warnings to consumers about the dangers of ingesting these metal grill bristles.

Schumer’s involvement comes after recent news reports on the issue.

– The debate over ShotSpotter technology is growing. The New York Times says it can be useful in detecting shootings, but is it worth the cost? Rochester has ShotSpotter and out of thousands of calls, the technology led to only six arrests, according to a City report.

– New York’s doctors will soon have to participate in a prescription tracking program, designed to cut down on pain medication abuse.

– The New York Times takes a pessimistic view of Kathy Hochul’s chances of retaining her seat in Congress.

Should zoos focus more on conservation than entertainment?

– Parents, get a grip. Men are allowed to hang out in parks, even if there are children around.

2 Responses to Beware of Metal Bristle Brushes

  1. May 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm Matt the Webguy responds:

    I smell the nylon bristle grill brush lobby…

  2. May 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm chuckatpdo responds:

    Chuck the Nanny…

    The Founders must be spinning.

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